School: Ballyduff B. N. School

Ballyduff, Co. Kerry
Tadhg Ó Leathlobhair

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A Story of the Moonlighters

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0415, Page 172

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The moonlighters were men who were trying to put down the landlords and to prevent men from taking other people's holdings. There was a man living in the locality by the name of Daniel Hayes, and another man by the name of John Moriarty, who was a native of Lixnaw. They were well known in the moonlight movement. They were arrested for the shooting of Jim Fitzmaurice, Ahabeg, Lixnaw, who was shot on the 30th of January 1888. They were sentenced to death at Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and they were brought back to Tralee jail and hanged there on the 9th of March 1888. It only took John Moriarty two minutes to die, and it took Daniel Hayes five minutes to die.

John Moran
Rahealy, Co. Kerry